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Looking at Snow Country by Kawabata Yasunari

It may help readers to better understand the story of Snow Country by Kawabata Yasunari. The novel tells the tale of a love interest that occurs at a remote hot springs onsen in Yuzawa, though the author doesn’t actually ever give the town a name in the book itself. Men traveling to the town […]

Returning to the Town of Tamba

Tamba in Hyogo has become a major event over the years. The pottery has also developed multiple names as well. Tachikui was the original place of origin for the style, so sometimes one might still see it referred to as tachikui yakimono. Those origins are quite interesting in their own right.

The origins stretch back […]

Mari Tsuchiya’s Ceramic Pieces go on Public Display

From January 21 until January 26, fans of ceramic art will be able to see the Glitter exhibition at the Tambourin Gallery in Shibuya-ku. While the name might bring to mind images of Hollywood glitz and glamor, the Glitter exhibition is actually a great deal more down to earth than this. Mari Tsuchiya is […]

Simulation and Form – The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai

“Simulation and Form – The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai”

at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki (Setagaya, Kawasaki area) (2013-10-19 – 2014-01-13) Shozo Kitadai was a core member of the pioneering inter-media group of the 1950’s “Jikken Kobo”, and as part…

By |December 26th, 2013|Art|0 Comments

Kabuto – The Avant Garde of a Warring Country

“Kabuto – The Avant Garde of a Warring Country”
at Sano Art Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2014-01-07 – 2014-02-11)

In the era of civil war when Nobunaga Oda, and Hodeyoshi Toyotomi after him attempted to unite the country, warriors lived by their wits, with the overthrowing of their superiors being more than a dream.

By |December 25th, 2013|Art|0 Comments

Raku Tea Bowls Take Center Stage at Mitsui

Until January 25, art appreciators will be able to see the Raku tea bowls exhibition at the Mitsui Memorial Museum. The exhibition is a major yakimono ceramics show that features some select instruments from the classical tea ceremony. As the name suggests, a special exhibition of Raku tea bowls is taking center stage.

Both red […]

Okura Collection III – The Story of Arts and Craft

“Okura Collection III – The Story of Arts and Craft –

Skill and Aesthetic” at Okura Shukokan Museum of Fine Arts (Roppongi, Nogizaka area) (2014-01-02 – 2014-03-30) The Okura Shukokan Museum of Fine Arts places a spotlight on a select range of the craft works in its collection, paying attention …

By |December 23rd, 2013|Art|0 Comments

Kazumi Kurigami Portrait

Kazumi Kurigami “Portrait” at Gallery 916

(Odaiba, Kachidoki area) (2013-11-01 – 2013-12-28)

This exhibition will present around 50 photographs specially selected by photographer and Gallery 916 curator, Yoshihiko Ueda from among the portraits Kurigami has produced since 1965, when he first set out on his independent …

By |December 22nd, 2013|Art|0 Comments

Dream Printer – Bringing Shape to Children’s Dreams

Exposition Dream Printer – Bringing Shape to Children’s Dreams
at Konica Minolta Plaza (Shinjuku area) (2013-12-10 – 2013-12-26)

Photographs embodying that sense of joy when one’s dreams come to fruition are accompanied by a magic “dream printer” which gives shape to the dreams of children.

By |December 21st, 2013|Art|0 Comments

Ayumi Gallery Set to Have Huge Yakimono Exhibit

The Tetsuo Watanuki Exhibition at the Ayumi Gallery will start on the last day of January 2014. While it might seem like it’s a little early to start thinking about things like that, this exhibition is going to be very large. It will feature eighty different examples of delicate ceramics made by firing in […]

By |December 20th, 2013|Art, art Japan|0 Comments